DS is pleased to publish this MOD verbatim script of the recent speech by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones given on 28th June 2018 at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Conference. Speech made by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, at the International Institute for Continue reading
DefenceSynergia (DS) is indebted to Howard Wheeldon for this excellent appraisal and analysis of the current media driven speculation regarding the funding of Defence. The ‘he said she said’ style of reporting. DS agrees with Howard that it is not possible to say what alleged statements have been made only that the ‘piggy in the Continue reading
The House of Commons Select Committee on Defence (HCDC) has this week published its preliminary findings ahead of Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) and Ministry of Defence (MOD) report into the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). The bottom line from the HCDC is that HMG should be funding MOD with a minimum of 3% of Gross Domestic Continue reading
DefenceSynergia is grateful to Howard Wheeldon for these thoughts on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Space Conference being held on 21st May. It is especially relevant as the conference has triggered the Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Honourable Gavin Williamson MP, to announce that Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Command has been Continue reading
Last year, before he resigned as Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon rightly responded to pressure from Jonny Mercer MP’s Defence Sub-Committee report into the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) excesses by shutting down that inquiry. Well done to all involved we said, but the problem did not begin or end with IHAT.
By John Marshall, Defence Synergia Founding member. I came away pretty unimpressed with Sir Mark Sedwill’s (NSA) honesty and highly impressed with his ability to dodge the issues and his own responsibilities. During the course of evidence, Julian Lewis, Johnny Mercer, Madeleine Moon, and Ruth Smeeth made telling points which were all brushed aside by Continue reading
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AT 100 A PERSONAL VIEW by Group Captain Patrick Tootal OBE DL RAF (Retd) Hon Secretary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust CIO and the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and Founder DefenceSynergia Member On the 1 April 2018 the Royal Air Force celebrated its centenary. I am proud to Continue reading